So, as the title of this blog post says, the end is near! This is a good thing because…finally!!!! Right?! 🙂
Here’s the scoop… I’ve got a lot of threads coming together right here at the end of this book, and, to be completely honest, I haven’t fully decided yet where this book needs to end. I mean, I know generally, but I’ve been torn for a while now over a couple of things that are going to happen in the series and whether I want to include one or both of them at the end of Dark Magick (or a hint of them anyway)–because one or both could potentially be a great place to end the book. Or, if it’d be better structurally to wait until Circle of Ariend to show them, in which case I’ll need to find a different place/way to wrap up this volume. Also, I have prob the first three or four chapters of Circle of Ariend written, but I haven’t looked at them in a while and I need to be sure that what happens at the end of this book flows well into the next book.
After wrestling with numerous bits and pieces of the story this week, I’ve realized I don’t want to put up the last few chapters based on spur of the moment decisions. I really need to take the time to sort this ending out and be absolutely certain it’s going to be the best one for continuity purposes, leading into Circle of Ariend. And I want to be sure you guys are getting the ending mostly as it’s going to be in the final, polished version and not just an ending “for now” that might have to be changed later, before the book’s published. If that makes sense??
So here’s what I’d like to do (and I know you’re not going to love this, but it just kind of is what it is from a creative standpoint)… I would like to take the next couple of weeks, maybe three, off from posting chapters so that between now and the beginning of November I can concentrate on finishing this book. I’m at a point where I think I seriously need to finish the draft and see how the last handful of chapters play out. I am a pantser, after all, which means that as I write, things just sort of unfold in a surprisingly serendipitous way. But I don’t know ahead of time HOW that unfolding is going to happen. I’ve been stressing the past couple of weeks because I can’t quite picture yet how the ending’s going to work. That stress, in part, comes from the logical side of my brain wanting to have a plan while the creative side is going…
“Lalalalala!” *cue happy skipping through a flower-strewn meadow* “You’ve just gotta trust it’s going to work out!”
And my logic brain *picture a wrinkled walnut with an anxious frowny face* is saying, “But…but…a plan! At this point in the book I need to know! What’s the damn plan?!”
Creative brain says…. “You have to have faith, whiny butt! It’s all going to be sunshine and rainbows and turn out fabulously! You’ve just gotta let it happen! Lalalala!”
Logic brain… “Aggghhhhhhh!!!!!” and the wrinkled walnut explodes.
So, yeah…that’s kind of where I’m at right now. LOL! That fun little tug-of-war.
The thing is…I know (because it’s always been true for every single book I’ve ever written!) that my creative brain is correct. I need to stop worrying about it and trying to control it, and just plow through to the end. Once I get there, I’ll be able to go back and smooth out the last few chapters leading up to it. If I post chapters now, though, without knowing for sure the ending, I might not give the right info, I might give too much info, I might go off on a tangent that ultimately isn’t going to work but I won’t know that until I type The End.
Therefore, even though I have a chapter that I could post this weekend, I’m going to hold onto it. I’m going to dedicate myself between now and the end of the month to finishing the entire book once and for all. And THEN I’ll finally know what’s what and I’ll be be ready to post the remaining chapters.
Thanks for your patience and understanding. I know the creative process is a big fat mystery–and it’s not always very convenient either. Believe me, at times it’s frustrating as hell even for the author! I just want to be sure I give you a quality ending and not chapters that are based on “I hope this is right” or “I think this is how it’s going to work.”
Tentatively I will plan to post a new chapter (or maybe more than one!) on either Saturday November 2nd or Saturday November 9th. The only reason I might stretch it out to the 9th is that I’m having out-of-town family company for the whole last week in October. I hope having company won’t affect my writing time too much, but in case it does, then I might need that first week in November to finish. But, either way….at that point I should (I hope, I hope!) be done with this beast and we can celebrate! 🙂 I will post an update the end of October to let you know how things are going, so keep an eye here on my blog for that!
In the meantime…enjoy the rest of your October! If you haven’t yet read my book Familiar, it’s available in ebook at Amazon, B&N, Kobo, and the iBookstore. It has a witchy hero, Emrys, who’s really, REALLY bad at magick, bless his heart. It’s set in Salem MA, and it opens with a Halloween scene. So if you’re in the mood for something fun, Halloweeny, kind of sweet, and definitely magicky to tide you over until your next round of DMR chapters, you might be interested in giving it a look!
See ya in a couple of weeks, peeps! Stay out of trouble! Or not! 😉
UPDATE NOVEMBER 9th: Okay, the next chapter is posted. Click here to read Chapter 54!